Term: 4 Years

Salary: $86,021

QUESTION: What is the top problem in your county and what is your strategy for dealing with it?

(1 seat)

Albert Ceccone (Republican)

Neal Potter (Democrat)

Albert Ceccone (R)

8724 Preston Pl. Chevy Chase

Age: 44

Real estate investor, Albert Ceccone, Investment Properties; self-employed businessman in Montgomery County since 1969, knowledgeable in asset management, taxation and contract negotiation; during the past 20 years: founding member, Silver Spring Multiple Sclerosis Society Committee; sponsor and fund-raiser, Silver Spring Boys Club, Silver Spring YMCA and Holy Cross Hospital Expansion Committee; president, Metro Lions Club and Silver Spring Jaycees; civic chairman, Lido Civic Club; member, Men's Guild of Holy Cross Hospital, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery County Taxpayer's League and Montgomery-Prince George's Independent Insurance Agents Association.

A. My top priority is providing needed services in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. With a $1.6 billion budget, a budget that has increased $600 million since 1986 (three times the rate of inflation over the same period), Montgomery County has the money to meet our existing service needs and to maintain a high quality of life for all our citizens. With an operating budget larger than 10 states, we now pay the third highest real estate taxes per capita in the nation. As county executive I would strive to eliminate waste and duplication. I would strictly control growth so that the county would not be overburdened by infrastructure needs in areas with inadequate public facilities to accommodate additional development. In addition, I would shift county priorities to: reducing traffic congestion, modernizing our police force, recycling and environmentally sound incineration technology.

Neal Potter (D)

6801 Brookville Rd., Chevy Chase

Age: 75

Member, Montgomery County Council, 1970-present, three terms as president; chairman, Council's Committee on Transportation and Environment; Council of Governments: president, 1977, Board of Directors, 1975-1977; Transportation and Planning Board, 1971-1978, chairman, 1976; Water Resources Board, 1978-1986, chairman, 1981; National Association of Counties, chairman, Water Policy Committee, 1981-1988; awards: 1984 Citizen of the Year, Sentinel Newspapers; Council of Government's Elizabeth and David Scull Public Service Award, 1987; Outstanding Community Service Award, NAACP, 1988; Citation for Distinguished Public Service, Montgomery County Civic Federation, 1990; Distinguished Service Award, National Association of County Officials, 1990; vice president, World Federalist Association, 1985-1990.

A. Overdevelopment, with resulting congestion, environmental problems, high taxes and shortgage of housing. I would move to prevent the next surge of development from reaching excessive proportions through limits established under the county's Adequate Public Facilities ordinance. A recession, if it occurs, would provide a good opportunity to catch up on the needs for more school and transportation facilities. I would also help the housing industry to deal with housing shortages by finding new sources of county revenue to build needed roads and schools, to end the moratoria on building new housing and to work to establish a program of low-cost mortgages. To relieve property taxes of excess burdens, I would propose taxes on development to pay for public facilities, which development requires, and I would support higher taxes (state or local) on motor fuels so homeowners would not pay so much of the highway costs.